You might find yourself wondering: What does ‘freeze-drying’ even mean? And, although the freeze-drying process is becoming increasingly popular from a global standpoint, there are still people who haven’t heard of it – WE KNOW, they’re missing out! But let’s address the elephant in the room … we think it is safe to assume that you haven’t clicked on this post because you are a freeze-drying mastermind, so this is where we come in – saving the world one freeze-dried candy at a time! Okay, that might be a little extreme, but we do love a good, freeze-dried snack and trust me you will too once we’re done here!
However, we are not going to try to sell you on freeze-drying – because we believe that it sells itself – we’re just simply going to let you in on what exactly freeze-drying is used for and the benefits of freeze-drying!
Freeze-Dried Food Meaning
Freeze-Drying (also known as lyophilization) removes moisture from products through a freezing to drying process, thus the product goes straight from a liquid to vapor state. You can learn more about the process of freeze-drying from that sweet lyfe’s fabulous beginner’s guide.
So, what are the benefits of freeze-drying? (If we had a dollar for every time we have gotten this question, oh honey, we would be swimming in golden bars – and not the chocolate kind).
- You can pretty much freeze-dry anything.
- Freeze-dried products can have a shelf-life of 25 years.
- Freeze-drying maintains the nutritional value of the product.
- It is easy to store freeze-dried items.
Freeze-Drying Benefits Further Explained
You can pretty much freeze-dry anything.
You can freeze-dry fruit, veggies, meat, dairy-products, coffee, and of course candy. You can even freeze-dry fully prepared meals like lasagna!
Freeze-dried products can have a shelf-life of 25 years.
The most notable benefit of freeze-drying is food preservation. After freeze-drying your food, it can have a shelf-life of 25 years if stored properly – stand by for that sweet lyfe’s How to Store Your Food After Freeze-Drying It blog post!
Freeze-drying maintains the nutritional value of the product.
The Freeze-drying method maintains the nutritional value better than other dehydrating processes. This is due to the freeze-drying process removing more water from the product.
It is easy to store freeze-dried items.
Freeze-dried items are an avid-camper's best-friend due to the on-the-go storing of it. Freeze-dried products do not need to be kept in a fridge (and as we all know, it is much easier to bring a bag of Lays ketchup chips on a road-trip than a whole fruit tray). So, make sure to freeze-dry your fruit for your next camping trip! If camping isn’t really your thing, astronauts are using freeze-dried food to bring to space due to it being easily transportable, maybe you can go to Mars instead!